Urkontinent | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Urkontinent is a Belgian-style dubbel that begins with Pilsner, Munich and Chocolate malts and Belgian Dark Candi syrup.

Then we add unique ingredients from around the world: Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes to the beer. Toasted amaranth from South America gives it an earthy, grainy flavor and a little additional roast flavor. Green rooibos from Africa contributes a floral aroma and slight astringency. Myrica gale from Europe supplements the bitterness from minimal hopping. Hiveplex Honey from California adds a subtle sweetness while maintaining the dry finish.

The careful combination of all these ingredients creates a complex, dark Belgian-style ale with wonderful coffee and chocolate-covered cherry flavors. The roastiness of the malt and wattleseed melds with the fruity esters from the yeast, the floral notes from the rooibos, and the malty yet dry signature of a Belgian dubbel. Urkontinent is perfect to enjoy with friends as the weather begins to cool.

14 IBU

Added by THECPJ on 09-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 466
Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made a loud hissing noise during the pour, yields close to two fingers of very lacy and loose foam which disappears swiftly to leave virtually nothing left across the surface, the lacing is close to nonexistent. The liquid is a deep mahogany brown, it depends on the angle but more yellow tinted than orange, clear, not many bubbles visible. The nose offers a broad array of sweets, including cola, root beer, molasses, brown sugar, café au lait, chocolate and hazelnut, has a roasted quality but smooth texture, does produce some mild hops as well as raw bread grains, given the scents it presents has erect posture if not stiffness. Medium-bodied, curious for how dry it is during the mouth entry, some pucker, the carbonation has a tight weave, doesn’t last long but tingles a good bit at first. Similar profile of cocoa, cola, ginger, molasses and Indian spices, flaky dough, orange spice, sweeter nuts, witch hazel. Not much distinct fruit present, the citrus or most hop signifiers too muted. It has an admirable steadiness to it, above average complexity but no showiness, just keeps teasing you to figure it out. This all in good fun, the beer has plenty to enjoy on the surface, no thought needed.

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Photo of Dankuel
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured beer into a brandy snifter glass. Beer has a nice dark brown color, with a great head on the first pour and a nice foam left over once the head settles. Lacing is not great but the beer looks delicious. The smell is quite complex, and more smells begin to emerge as the beer warms. Very toasty, almost chocolately notes in the aroma (apparently from the wattle seed). Also a nice whaft of grainy aromas. The taste is close to a belgian...housed in a roasted shell. There are many earth 'tones' in the taste of this beer. A little bitterness in the aftertaste makes it a rather complex experience Mouth feel is fantastic, perfect for this style. I highly enjoyed this beer, would love to try it again with a fresh review.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark red/mahogany color with a finger and a half's worth of light tan head

S: Some chocolate, coffee, lightly roasted malts, and caramel/toffee. Slightly astringent

T: Follows the nose, mostly dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Malts are slightly roasted, but not much. Caramel and toffee also come through, but really only compliment the coffee and chocolate notes. Again, slightly astringent. Alcohol very well hidden

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Almost cola-like

O: A very solid example of an American-style dubbed. It might have some more-than-odd ingredients, but they meld together very nicely. Definitely worthy of a try

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark brown color with a purple hue, nice big creamy tan head and some lacing

S: A little bit of spice, yeast and loads of dark fruits; mainly grapes, figs and some citrus backed with a nice cocoa note

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, light spice,grapes, figs and a nice creamy chocolate note leaves me craving another sip. The finish is smooth, creamy and sweet.Wow. I love this beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the best American Dubbels I have had ina very, very long time

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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My friend Brian scored me a bottle from the brewery. Got my share in an Orval glass.

Pours a coffee brown with red tones through light. The head that formed was short-lived and not particularly sticky. It sits now as a taupe ring with bonus surface bubbles.

Tanzanian Peaberry coffee, cherry, malt roastiness, candi sugar, Belgian chocolate, and a honey glaze aroma. Nice nose on this dubbel.

Very well-made for flavor. The bitterness from the myrica gale is intense for a sweet dark Belgian. Spicy quality is interesting, as well. There's a chocolate-hazelnut character that is to die for. Fruity esters offer plum and cherry. The honey is dark and sweet, like buckwheat honey, pairing with a fluttering floral note from the green rooibos. All continents are represented with flair and ganache. As just a Belgian dubbel, it's superb. For ONCE, Dogfish Head doesn't make the yeast one of the three main flavors. Awesome.

Mild carbonation, which is kind of a dubbel's niche. Maybe a little perkier than that. The body is medium. It's not sticky, which I like. A very enjoyable DFH 750ml.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a somewhat murky looking russet brown with a 1/2 finger off white head atop.Alot going on in the nose with toasted nuts,vanilla,earthiness,and floral notes,alot of complexity with all the components coming together well.Slightly medicinal on the palate with earthy tones,a little burnt flavor underneath along yeasty spice.This is a unique beer no doubt about that,alot going on and it goes off pretty well.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for gifting me with this for my Birthday! Shared with octopus89 enjoyed in a pair of goblets.

The color is deep auburn with ruby highlights, translucent clarity with 1/2 inch of pale tan cream which settles to a thin layer with ultra tight bead. The smell is fragrant with malt sweetness and slight earthy and spiced aromas -very woody with mild hint of toffee. The feel is very good with gentle fruitiness up front and earthy spiced texture with moderately high carbonation and creamy sweet middle with dry nutty finish.

The flavor has a creamy toffee like essence with mild woody and cocoa influence and fragrant incense like wood taste which pervades with some mild vanilla and cedar-like elements. The malt has a toasted tinge with an almost palo-santo like floral note with tea and herbal flavors combined with lush malt. Overall I was really pleased to be able to try this and share, I enjoyed the yeast and malt interplay and could tell the honey was pretty well integrated with a nice full feel and yet relatively dry finish-well worth trying again-Thanks Tim!

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Photo of cfrances33
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL Bottle (labelled 2012A 08:3) poured into GI tulip.

Pour: Deep ruby brown with two and a half fingers of khaki head. Head eventually recedes to khaki rim will minimal lacing

Smell: Dark Fruits (figs, raisons...) with some dark chocolate. Slight roast. Pretty underwhelming on the nose.

Taste: More dark fruits, some chocolate, little bit of Belgian spice.

Mouthfeel: Pretty watery for the style, slightest alcohol prickle as it warms.

Overall, a forgettable offering from DFH. Enjoyed it while drinking it, but won't get it again.

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Photo of rudzud
2.11/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip, reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a clear deep brown garnet hue with a nice one finger fizzy creamy head that fades to leave a fizzy mocha blanket. Average at best.

S - Ehh..whats going on here? Smells like cereal malts and roasted meh. I mean, seriously, Pretty Things X Ale 1945 smelled better than this.

T - I laugh as I write this, my friend said it best...this tastes like an old, dirty kvass. Again, not sure what went wrong here. Bad batch perhaps?

M - Mouthfeel was relatively thin for the style. Yeah.

O - wtf. Completely baffled by this beer. Not sure how it happened but this was absolute garbage. One of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Jsenay
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a tulip glass

A - Dark amber black. Low carbonation.

S - Dark fruits, raisin, molasses

T - Lots going on here. Fruity, mangoes and apricots, white grape, raisins. Subtle pepper hints as well.

M - Very smooth. No acidity with a subtle carbonation that hits as it warms on the palate. Very light smoky aftertaste.

O - A very nice offering from Dogfish. Highly drinkable and full of amazing flavors that don't compete against each other. Definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of n2185
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Spices up front with candy sugar, bubblegum, and some sweet fruity aromas. There's a licorice-like quality to the nose as well before a finish of sweet breads.

T: Spices up front here as well with a small candy sugar presence before hearty, spicy bread flavors kick in. The finish is bready with a slight alcohol presence.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit under-carbonated and under-attenuated.

O: An interesting beer, overall. Not bad, but not particularly good, either. I'd like a bit more depth all around with a lighter body.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 750ml into a tulip.

Brown body with some blacker hues. Tan head, with good lacing and retention. Nose of cola, earthy and herbal, faint chocolate and molasses. Tastes around the same, herbal, cocoa, cola and earthy malts. Medium body, with a light spicing into the finish. Interesting offering and maybe I was too drunk to appreciate the subtleties of this, but this like a lot of DFH beers suffers from having just too many different things going on.

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Photo of Naugros
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, here comes DFH again with a "hey, you know what would be cool to do?" beer. Dragging a bunch of ingredients from around the globe was already done with Pangaea, but they felt they needed to revisit it after discovering some more exotics spices, herbs and rocks they could toss into a brew kettle. Well, maybe not rocks, but I have no idea what half these ingredients are.

A pretty beer, with a tightly wound head starting big and tall and reducing to a quarter inch. It stays like that on top of a deep brown beer which is remarkably clear.

Earthy and woodsy bitterness with a touch of honey sweetness and medicinal herbs. This is evident in the nose and on the tongue. The taste is a little sweeter than the smell indicates with additional complexities in the form of carob and black cherries. The part of the taste that I really didn't like is that the medicinal herbs make a strong showing in the aftertaste.

I really do appreciate the way DFH blows past convention and I enjoy their forays into exotic flavors, but I really wish they'd get back to basics every now and then and deliver a standard style of beer and show us all that they can brew it better than most breweries. I know they can, but so do they so I guess they believe they have nothing to prove along that vein.

Perhaps if everyone would stop raving about EVERYTHING they put out just because they are who they are, we'd get something made with local ingredients and flavors.

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Photo of peabody
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really dark brown amber ale with 1/4 finger of slightly off-white suds. Slight lacing. Bunch of crap floating around on top.
Aroma is caramel and charred malts and some belgian yeast but not prominent. Almost a dark chocolate with rum raisin bread comes out as it warms up.
Taste is watery. Only thing you taste here is water and some sugar malts. Aftertaste is charred malts but very faint. The only good thing here is the alcohol is hidden very well.
Mouthfeel is plain jane. Watery and bland but no alcohol burn at all. What a strange drink.
Overall not anything I will buy again. It's not terrible but for a DFH is't subpar.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut color, close to black. Big fluffy off white head. Striking nose of dark belggian candi sugars, chocolate covered rum soaked raisins, vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, sweet cream, and rich roasted coffee. Hope the beer is as complex as the nose.

Very big complex beer, but it only faintly reminds me of a belgian dubbel. Massive effervescent body. Starts with rich bitter coffee notes and a touch of chocolate. Faint charcoal throughout. Some astringency and coarseness on the finish. A lot of the flavors found in the nose can be found in parts of the beer. Rich creaminess compliments alot of the darker roasted flavors. Belgian candi sugars present a tiny bit of trartness. Touch of dirty earthiness in the mix plays off the coffee like presence. Dry finish with some soft tannins. California honey shines through a tiny bit near the end of the sip as a soothing semi-sweetness.

For such a big complex beer with so many nuances, all the flavors go together extremely well. Tons of layers of flavor yet they're all so concise. Just picked up faint touches of dark fruit. An extremely good beer but a little off for the style so I'll have to judge it a little lower. Tastes more like a porter or stout with the body of a belgian dubbel. Unlike anything I've ever had before but quite delicious.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a mostly clear texture. There was a big, tan-colored, long-lasting, creamy head. Not much lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of spices, yeast, malt, and other sweet ingredients.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, a little malt, a wide assortment of oddball spices, a little coffee, some chocolate, and cherry. An interesting flavor that grows on you after awhile.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like everything DFH does, this beer is kind of out there, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours black with a two finger slightly offwhite head...too light to call it tan, too dark to call it white. So, split the difference.

S- sweet brown sugar, a little bit of spiciness...hey, not bad!

T- lots of sweet brown sugar flavor coming through...a little bit of rye-style spice in the back end. I have no idea what most of the ingredients listed on the bottle are, so I can't comment on whether or not they come through well or not. I think it's overly sweet, though

M- body is relatively thin

O- interesting idea, but I think this one was trying to be different just for the hell of it. Can't recall having a Belgian-inspired brew from Dogfish, and I don't think I'd have another

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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I made a special trip over to the DFH Alehouse over in Falls Church just to try this one.

Served in a snifter.

A: Poured a dark brown, with ruby red highlights around the edges, and a soft brown ring for a head. Looks fairly thick.

S: Lots of complex notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and only a tinge of Belgian funk... if you want to actually use that word in this setting.

T: I got a good bit of chocolate and dark fruit, along with DFH's signature honey-like taste profile poking through the Belgiany goodness. The tinge of grainy bitterness on the finish made this very reminiscent of cake batter.

M: Very creamy and thick and I found myself in awe of the fact that, despite marketing-speak descriptors and ingredients such as Candy sugar, chocolate-covered cherry, and coffee, this was very tempered from a dessert, Valentine beer perspective. Thanks you DFH for not brown sugarizing this!

O: This was my kind of Dubbel: Not too sweet or Belgiany, but just with a nice, creamy, drinkable Belgian Ale.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from korguy123. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium brown, almost completely opaque aside from a very slight amber glow around the edges. Half a finger of brown head with good retention.

S - Dark fruit, Belgian yeast, chocolate, roast and earthy aromas. A lot going on in the nose but everything integrates so well.

T - Roast, chocolate and Belgian yeast up front that give way to cherries, spice, sweet candy and some nutty flavours. Some tea-like flavours are present as well. A decent sweetness exists that is well balanced by a slight bitterness and some warming alcohol. The finish is somewhat dry.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Very good. Tough to drink a whole bomber but I made my way through it.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours what initially appears to be a near opaque black with a thin, fizzy, rapidly dissipating khaki mousse, but when held up to the light, this ale reveals a clear garnet hue.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, figs, raisin, tea, herbs, roasted grain, and roasted nuts fill the nose.

T: Notes of dark chocolate, candy sugar, roasted grain, wildflower honey, caramel, hazelnut, coffee, roasted chestnuts, raisins, figs, black walnut, dried black cherry, tea, and mild herbs fill the mouth. The finish is rich and long with notes of roasted grain, chocolate, honey, nuts, and herbs.

M: Medium-to-full in body, firm, thick, and dry. Carbonation is relatively crisp. Has a very substantial feeling in the mouth. Alcohol is surprisingly subdued compared to most of the stronger Dogfish Head brews.

O: This is a very complex ale, one that demonstrates Dogfish Head's anarchic approach very well. If you're not a fan of Dogfish Head's use of nontraditional ingredients, then you probably should avoid this beer, but if you enjoy novel approaches to traditional ales, then this will likely delight you. One of Dogfish Head's more likable, cohesive efforts overall. I hope they bring this one back.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH signature glass, brew pours a dark cola brown under a creamy tan head. Sweet roasted malt forward aroma exudes relatively subtle notes of cocoa nibs, rich dark chocolate dessert and perhaps vanilla. Funny that this has been included in the "Dubbel" category. Not at all the taste I'd expect from a Dubbel. But then again, that's Dogfish in all its wonderfulness, and I dig it...Roasted malt backbone seems to set the right stage for all the wonderful sounding ingredients I've never had before (with the exception of honey). Cocoa and lightly spicy flavor waft over the palate into a crisp dry finish. I'd love to try this with a maple bacon cheeseburger and see what happens.

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Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium brown head, clean body with no sediment, and a warm brown color.

Smell: Lots of things going on here...spices, roasty, lots of sweet smells coming off (chocolate, coffee, molasses).

Taste: Very smooth for a beer with so much going on in it. Sweet, malty, with a slight spice to it too (herb not pepper spice).

Mouthfeel: A little thin but pretty normal.

Overall: Pretty good, I could definitely drink more of this come fall! I haven't liked much of Dogfish Head's weird combinations of ingredients in the last 2 years but this one came together really well.

Serving type: 22oz bottle to pint glass

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown color with a billowy light tan head. The head had a moderate amount of lacing and gave way to a medium amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was quite roasty. Roasted malt with nice hints of espresso and chocolate. A lighter sweetness comes to the nose as well; lightly molasses in nature with good hints of burnt sugar.

Taste – The taste started out much sweeter then I initially expected from the nose. The brew started with a great sweet flavor of brown sugar and molasses complimenting the very roasty malt flavor. The roasted malt becomes more brown bread as the taste advances, with some light notes of carob and chocolate coming to the tongue. At the end the taste some Belgian spicy flavors enter the scene and overall leave a rather roasty and burnt sugar and spice flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is normal. A thicker body would have been better for the roasty flavor of the brew. The carbonation level is on the just below average side and is very suiting; allowing all the roasty flavors to sit on the tongue and be sensed.

Overall – A very nice darker brew with interesting taste combinations and transitions. Well worth a try if you have the chance.

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Photo of jzauder
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appeared black w/ brown/reddish edges. Little carbonation. Strong chocolate aroma with lots of malt.

The taste had kind of a tanginess to it, but also some banana notes. You get some alcohol warming, but not so much to overwhelm. Some carbonation at end. I didn't get any of the honey flavor that the label mentioned. Thick mouthfeel, very pleasant

Sometimes, I think that Dogfish can get a little too crazy with putting many complex ingredients in one beer. I certainly admire their ambition and wish other breweries were this adventurous. However, I had never heard of, much less tried, several of the ingredients (wattleseed?) so I wasn't sure what to expect. At least with World Wide Stout, there's a good story behind all the crazy ingredients. Perhaps the beer would be better if they just had one unique ingredient that we could focus on. It's a good beer, but I feel like there are other dubbels that keep it simple and are just as good.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, after the pour it looks black with a thin head

Smell: First whatever, second sniff yum....light chocolate with a yeast aroma.

Taste: Complex, I mean this beer has a lot of everything that should satisfy most "advocates". It is sweet, literally and ebonically, little sour but bitter and malty like a mutha.

Mouth: Medium to heavy feel, quenching feel. I put the glass down and still taste is there (un-real).

Overall: Excellent purchase that gave me a lot more from what I was expecting, excellent beer with a punch. I hope you all enjoy as much as I did. Salud!

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Urkontinent from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 466 ratings.
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